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Toyosatomimi no Miko
- "Miko" redirects here. For the occupation, see Shrine Maiden.
Toyosatomimi no Miko
tojosatomʲimʲi no mʲiko (♫)
Toyosatomimi no Miko in Hopeless Masquerade
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|Abilities||Listening to ten people's conversations at the same time.|
|Age||1440 (Born February 7, 574)|
|Location||Hall of Dreams' Great Mausoleum, Senkai|
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Toyosatomimi no Miko (豊聡耳 神子) is a saint who spread Buddhism across the country as ruler while Seiga Kaku taught her Taoism. She was the final boss of Ten Desires. As a follower of Taoism training to attain immortality, she now lives her life in a simple, carefree manner, as a hermit.
- 1 General Information
- 2 Character Design
- 3 Story
- 4 Relationships
- 5 Spell Cards
- 6 Additional Information
- 7 Fandom
- 8 Official Profiles
- 9 Official Sources
- 10 References
Miko is characterized as being "surprisingly casual", and frequently jokes around. Though she's a fully immortal hermit, she still tends to get involved in secular affairs because of her origins as a ruler. During combat, however, she displays no sign of weakness and seems to completely see through her opponents. As a hermit, she isn't concerned about teaching her techniques to the many that want to become her disciples, and simply uses them as servants and couriers. She's cooperative and friendly towards humans in general, though.
In Symposium of Post-mysticism it's speculated that Miko has superhuman abilities other than those listed below, but these are unknown.
- Listening to ten people's conversations at the same time
According to legend Prince Shoutoku was so smart that he could understand ten people questioning him at once, and reply to each of them with perfect answers. In addition to this ability Miko can discern the "ten desires" of those she talks to, giving her insight into their personality and motives. Miko has trouble analysing those who inherently lack one or more of the ten desires, such as half-phantoms, and is unable to read Koishi Komeiji at all.
Because of this ability Miko's ears are extremely sensitive, leading her to wear earmuffs.
- Abilities as a shikaisen
Miko is trained in Taoist magic, seeming to favor spells themed around light and swords. She has displayed a number of abilities typically associated with hermits, including shukuchi movement (with the aid of a cape).
- Attracting desire
Miko has displayed the ability to attract and absorb desires from her surroundings (usually in the form of vulgar spirits) to increase her power. In Hopeless Masquerade this takes the form of a secondary popularity meter, increasing or reducing her stats depending on the crowd's opinion of her. It is unclear whether this ability is related to her status as a saint and/or god, or simply an extension of her ability to hear desires.
Miko's a hermit living in Senkai. Though she apparently has disciples, she doesn't teach them her ways, but rather treats them as servants. Her main goal is to achieve immortality, and then eventually become a celestial.
Toyosatomimi no Miko is based on Prince Shotoku (聖徳太子 Shoutoku Taishi, lit. "Prince Virtue"), real name Prince Umayado (厩戸皇子), who was a legendary regent and political figure of the Asuka period, living from February 7, 574 – April 8, 622. He was purportedly born in front of a horse stable, being named Umayado, lit. "Prince of the Stable Door" as a result. He was crucial in the spread of Buddhism in Japan and according to folklore, could comprehend ten simultaneous conversations, like his Touhou Project namesake. Because of this, he was also named Toyosatomimi (豊聡耳 lit. "abundant, clever ears") at very first, which would be soon pronounced as Toyotomimi for the same kanji. He eventually came to be recognized for his contributions and was seen as something like a saint, but some accounts of his life have also been subject to criticism and debate.
Although the name Miko (神子) is usually used with pretty much the exact same meaning (but less common) as "Shrine Maiden" when it is written as "miko" (巫女), since Prince Shoutoku was a Prince of the imperial family, perhaps interpreting as "god's child" would make more sense. Her last name 豊聡耳 (Toyosatomimi) as mentioned above, is another name/title that Prince Shoutoku had, literally meaning "wealthy intelligent ears".
In Ten Desires's official art, Miko has very light, almost platinum blonde hair, styled like horns or ears, as well as gray eyes. She wears purple headgear which has been described as both headphones and earmuffs. They bear the Chinese character meaning "Harmony" (和 wa) which was used as the name of ancient Japan (Wa). Her clothes are a purple dress under a white vest with elaborate trimming. The colors used in her dress refers to the Twelve level cap and rank system: a famous political achievement that she (= Prince Shoutoku) made ("violet" [Greater Virtue] represents 1st rank and "purple" [Lesser Virtue] for 2nd rank.). She holds a shaku and carries a sword which is assumed to be the Seven Star Sword (七星剣 Shichi-sei ken) - a Taoism sword known to be worn by Prince Shoutoku in this portrait - on her waist.
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- Ten Desires
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- Wild and Horned Hermit, chapter 18
Mononobe no Futo is an ally of Toyosatomimi no Miko. Futo acted as Miko's test subject during the process of immortality. She assists Miko during one of her spellcards.
Soga no Tojiko is an ally of Toyosatomimi no Miko. She assists Miko during one of her spellcards.
Seiga Kaku is an ally of Toyosatomimi no Miko. Seiga was the one who taught Miko the charms of Taoism. Despite this, she feels Seiga would cause trouble down the line.
Yoshika Miyako is a Jiang Shi guarding Toyosatomimi no Miko's mausoleum during her resurrection. As of yet any interaction between the two have not been seen, whether in the past or present.
People from the Myouren Temple
The Myouren Temple is an enemy of Toyosatomimi no Miko and her allies. The existence of a Buddhist faction lead to the resurrection of the Hall of Dreams' Great Mausoleum. The Buddhist monk Byakuren Hijiri built the Myouren Temple above Miko's mausoleum in order to prevent her from resurrecting. Nue Houjuu, a resident of the temple, called in Mamizou Futatsuiwa in order to fight against Miko.
Toyosatomimi no Miko has looked back Reimu before she was born and mentions that there are things she can learn from her.
During the events of Hopeless Masquerade, Miko recognises Hata no Kokoro as the Tsukumogami Youkai of the 66 masks that Miko made for Hata no Kawakatsu, the legendary creator of Sarugaku (a form of Japanese theatre), before she was sealed. She subsequently promises to remake the lost mask of hope that originally caused Kokoro to go berserk, which is in the ending revealed to be a mask of Miko's own face.
- Miko and the Prince Shotoku of legend are in fact one and the same, according to narrative in one of Sanae's endings. This same ending shows that Prince Shotoku is historically seen as a bearded man, as his face is on old yen bills. Sanae is unable to figure out the reason for this discrepancy, although the fact that she was using an elementary school history textbook to research it probably didn't help.
- The butterfly that Miko uses in some attacks probably alludes to the story of Zhuangzi's butterfly dream, one of the most well-known Taoist philosophy stories.
- Miko's left hand appears to have been drawn incorrectly. Her fingers should be showing while her thumb should be hidden. Basically, it looks like she has two right hands. However, if you consider that the left hand's finger which the viewer sees is a pinky, everything looks normal.
- With seven Spell Cards, Miko is the first final boss since the spell card system was introduced not to have either five or six spell cards (not including Kaguya Houraisan's last spells.)
- Miko is the first and only game character whose precise age and birth date is known (assuming Miko is Prince Shoutoku). Remilia Scarlet and Flandre Scarlet's years of birth are known but not their actual birth date and Chiyuri Kitashirakawa and Yumemi Okazaki's ages are known, but not their birth date.
- She's also the only final boss who is vulnerable when the player uses a bomb in her final spell card.
- The sword is assumed to be Shichi-sei ken (七星剣), a Chinese-made sword originally owned by her namesake which was influenced by Taoism. It's one of two swords Prince Shotoku was most famous for.
- In Miko's Spell Cards, the background features the Five-storied Pagoda of Hōryū-ji. Hōryū-ji is a Buddhist temple commissioned by Prince Shotoku.
- Regarding certain theories supported by some historians, an interesting relationship arises between Miko and Fujiwara no Mokou. According to the theories, it's said that Mokou's supposedly father Fujiwara no Fuhito is one of the ones responsible to fabricate the fictional legend of Prince Shotoku However it should be noted that this is just an assumption made by going behind inspiration sources, and whether it may or may not be intentional is unknown.
- Miko's conflict with Byakuren and shared use of Buddhism appears to be a shout out to Hokuto No Ken where Miko is Raoh, a conqueror whereas Byakuren is Toki, their shared use of Buddhism for difference uses mirrors that of Hokuto Shinken in the said series.
- The group of men next to her spirit bar in Hopeless Masquerade is a direct reference to the "Gaijin 4koma", better known as the "Reaction Guys" meme in the western world (particularly their excited state).
- In Hopeless Masquerade Toyosatomimi no Miko uses a Cape to teletransport between Space, this is highly similar to how Funny Valentine from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure uses the Betsy Ross flag to hop between dimensions.
- In the latest update (1.30v) Guard Poses were added, and coincidentally Miko's pose highly resembles "DOJYAA~~N" pose of Funny Valentine.
- Masuda Kousuke's work Gag Manga Biyori (ギャグマンガ日和) is a major source for fandom, as Prince Shoutoku appears in it.
- Because of her known birthdate, a lot of fans stated that they would be celebrating Miko's birthday every February 7.
- Due to her headphones and her rather modern looking outfit, she's sometimes compared with vocaloids despite not showing any ability to sing.
- One of her alternate palettes in Hopeless Masquerade resembles Neku Sakuraba of The World Ends With You fame.
- Hopeless Masquerade: Shukuchi Cape skill card
- Ten Desires special and two-part interview with ZUN
- Symposium of Post-mysticism: Toyosatomimi no Miko
- Wikipedia - Theories of Prince Shotoku being a fictitious figure (Japanese).
- A reference to Article III of the Seventeen-article constitution written by Prince Shoutoku.
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